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  1. It's a novel, which I imagine would be considered too large to post here. I think it's rather a wonderful story, entitled "Ghost Town," that conerns ballet to a great extent, not to mention subjects one would not normally associate with dance. The desire to tell this story is how, at a very advanced age, I became interested in classsical ballet. I've given up trying to persuade a publisher or agent to read it and thought pehaps some individuals would enjoy it. Jennifer Penney did; she called it "a beautiful tribute to the art of which you have become enamored." I think that's the best I can do
  2. I tried to send messages to two of the forum leaders but discovered I am not allowed to use that facility. I wanted to ask if it is permissible here for me to offer members, free of charge, the opportunity of reading something on ballet that I wrote. L.V.
  3. Thanks, friends. As I have Grant's little book I'll try first to glean some info there. Apparently, I should already know the answer to my question!
  4. In one of his critiques of the early 1920's Akim Volynsky stated his preference for the Italian ways of doing attitudes and pirouettes over the respective French techniques. What is or was the difference? L.V.
  5. I was hoping not to puzzle everyone. Does anyone know of a biography of her? Good luck for Friday the 13th. L.V.
  6. I've read a number of thumbnail bioraphies of the adventurous Ms. Maywood, but none has answered the question of what, after she had retired to Italy, she was doing in Lvov? Perhaps one of you can tell me. L.V.
  7. For the "recent performances" section here I submitted something on her La Sylphide the other day, but it's not there. L.V.
  8. On Monday night a regrettable injury to Xiomara Reyes afforded me a first look at Natalia Osipova in the title role of ABT’s La Sylphide. I think it would be difficult to design a more sylphid-type dancer: she is young, pretty, sweet-looking, and absolutely weightless. Better yet, she has the requisite “elevation;” the grande jete’s were stunning and the tour jete’s, fairy-like. I hope she becomes a permanent member of that company. This was only the third version I have seen, with the other two recorded. One of these is the film of Pierre Lacotte’s staging with Ghislaine Thesmar (still my f
  9. I mentioned that Volynsky wrote reviews a little more incisive than what I see today and thought you might be interested in the concluding passage from “Pavlova’s Farewell Performance: La Bayadere,” 25 Feb., 1913. She was the ballet dancer against whom he measured all others. His praise for her dancing was ardent, his analysis of her arch, her “elevation,” the shape of her legs, the nature of her shoulders, almost encyclopedic. “This is Pavlova’s last exit at the Maryinsky because of her year-long absence from Petersburg, which seems a difficult, almost tragic, break with ballet. Indeed we
  10. No, sorry; the magnitude of the offering frightened me away. I suppose info@abt.org will tell one.
  11. Here is the other Le Clercq poem from Measure, October, 1925, p.6. HENRY In his compositions he sought The bizarre. How very banal His present decomposition! ROBERT He insulted God Nor ever forgave God For forgiving him. God! CLAUDIA She was no poetess, But Sappho alone Could aptly mourn Claudia’s passing. EUGENE Dead? Nonsense! He sailed to Paradise To study mystic technic From the Holy Ghost. GORDON Tread softly: here is the bigamist! Ghosts of three fat women Haunt his dreams. PHILIP Eminently methodic, Dependable, regular – Suddenly your heart stopped, But your
  12. Speaking of rehearsals and related, I've always wanted to watch a lesson taken by the dancers of a well-known company so asked ABT what sort of contribution was required for this privilege. I was told that for a $2500 membership I could see a rehearsal. I reiterated that what I wanted was to watch a lesson, and I learned that the pre-requisite for that was a gift in the $25K class! This is another of many pleasures I shall have to forego. L.V.
  13. Thanks so much for the references, especially re: Degas, which I certainly shall pursue. L.V.
  14. Dear friends, My wonderful librarian found a Paul Tanaquil poem, but it was different from the one I remembered, so she’s retrieving that one, too, and I’ll post it when it comes. I’d hoped to include the pdf images of the mag cover, title page, etc., but I don’t see how to do that here, so I’m just typing the text. This was on p. 10 of The Measure, A Journal of Poetry, number 47, January, 1925. “Over a Dead Poet There was in him no factual trace of sin, Here was a child, a subtly wayward one at that, Lacking all sense of appropriate discipline, Loving color and con
  15. For many years before I came to love ballet I loved Degas' paintings of it and was fortunate to see them in several museums around the world, reproduced in books, etc. I'm not aware of another artist that could mix such lavish colors. Recently and quite suddenly it occurred to me that in every picture I could recall, many of them clearly depicting practice or lessons, the women were attired in what looked to me to be performance-grade clothing. Is it just that in those times the standards of decorum were quite different? I know that Nijinsky got into hot water over refusing to wear the trunks
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